Microsoft Announces Surface: New Family of PCs for Windows

Microsoft-made hardware to be available starting with release of Windows 8 and Windows RT.

LOS ANGELES, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Today at an event in Hollywood, Microsoft unveiled Surface: PCs built to be the ultimate stage for Windows. Company executives showed two Windows tablets and accessories that feature significant advances in industrial design and attention to detail. Surface is designed to seamlessly transition between consumption and creation, without compromise. It delivers the power of amazing software with Windows and the feel of premium hardware in one exciting experience.

Advances in Industrial Design

Conceived, designed and engineered entirely by Microsoft employees, and building on the company’s 30-year history manufacturing hardware, Surface represents a unique vision for the seamless expression of entertainment and creativity. Extensive investment in industrial design and real user experience includes the following highlights:

  • Software takes center stage: Surface sports a full-sized USB port and a 16:9 aspect ratio – the industry standard for HD. It has edges angled at 22 degrees, a natural position for the PC at rest or in active use, letting the hardware fade into the background and the software stand out.
  • VaporMg: The casing of Surface is created using a unique approach called VaporMg (pronounced Vapor-Mag), a combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles that creates a finish akin to a luxury watch. Starting with magnesium, parts can be molded as thin as .65 mm, thinner than the typical credit card, to create a product that is thin, light and rigid/strong.
  • Integrated Kickstand: The unique VaporMg approach also enables a built-in kickstand that lets you transition Surface from active use to passive consumption – watching a movie or even using the HD front- or rear-facing video cameras. The kickstand is there when needed, and disappears when not in use, with no extra weight or thickness.
  • Touch Cover: The 3 mm Touch Cover represents a step forward in human-computer interface. Using a unique pressure-sensitive technology, Touch Cover senses keystrokes as gestures, enabling you to touch type significantly faster than with an on-screen keyboard. It will be available in a selection of vibrant colors. Touch Cover clicks into Surface via a built-in magnetic connector, forming a natural spine like you find on a book, and works as a protective cover. You can also click in a 5 mm-thin Type Cover that adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.

An Amazing Windows Experience

Two models of Surface will be available: one running an ARM processor featuring Windows RT, and one with a third-generation Intel Core processor featuring Windows 8 Pro. From the fast and fluid interface, to the ease of connecting you to the people, information and apps that users care about most, Surface will be a premium way to experience all that Windows has to offer. Surface for Windows RT will release with the general availability of Windows 8, and the Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later. Both will be sold in the Microsoft Store locations in the U.S. and available through select online Microsoft Stores.

Contributing to an Expanded Ecosystem

One of the strengths of Windows is its extensive ecosystem of software and hardware partners, delivering selection and choice that makes a customer’s Windows experience uniquely their own. This continues with Surface. Microsoft is delivering a unique contribution to an already strong and growing ecosystem of functional and stylish devices delivered by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to bring the experience of Windows to consumers and businesses around the globe.

Additional Product Information

Surface for Windows RT Surface for Windows 8 Pro
OS Windows RT Windows 8 Pro
Light(1) 676 g 903 g
Thin(2) 9.3 mm 13.5 mm
Clear 10.6″ ClearType HD Display 10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display
Energized 31.5 W-h 42 W-h
Connected microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video,

2×2 MIMO antennae

microSDXC, USB 3.0,
Mini DisplayPort Video,
2×2 MIMO antennae
Productive Office ’15’ Apps, Touch Cover, Type

Cover

Touch Cover, Type Cover,
Pen with Palm Block
Practical VaporMg Case & Stand VaporMg Case & Stand
Configurable 32 GB, 64 GB 64 GB, 128 GB
(1, 2 ) Actual size and weight of the device may vary due to configuration and manufacturing process

Suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC. OEMs will have cost and feature parity on Windows 8 and Windows RT.

For more information about Surface, visit www.surface.com.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Some information relates to a prerelease product, which may be substantially modified before it is commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here.

Rethinking the Keyboard

I don’t know about you but I have a love/hate relationship with keyboards. While I use them for banging out a lot of text and prefer the tactile feedback to a physical keyboard compared to the touch keyboard on my iPad, I’ve always felt the fixed nature of their layout was problematic.

Now touch keyboards are something you can get used to and I do more on my iPad every day. But it is not quite the same, yet. They really need some sort of haptic feedback, like a small electric shock to the finger 🙂 or a vibration. The BIG plus of a touch keyboard on a screen, of course, is the ability to remap the keys as needed for the task at hand.

Art. Lebedev have finally brought out their new take on the keyboard. This one is a physical keyboard but with a 64×64 pixel LCD in each key so that you can remap the keyboard, use it for special functions and so much more. Videos can even play in the keys.

While pricy for the full keyboard, it could be just the thing for use with video editing software or Photoshop, for example.

www.artlebedev.com/

Future Apps Releases iSpeak Line of Applications Creating the Most Advanced Mobile Translator

Future Apps latest iPhone Applications bring new meaning and functionality to mobile translators by speech empowering the apps with high quality voices never seen on a mobile device
The latest Apps coming from the iPhone development company Future Apps Inc is designed at taking mobile translators/speech learning tools to a new level of capability and quality. The iSpeak Apps are not merely simple text translators, but use Acapela high quality speech synthesis to speak the translated phrase back to you in the target language.

Future Apps has worked with the Acapela Group, which provide the highest quality speech engine available in a mobile device, to integrate the voices within the Apps themselves. This provides the iSpeak Apps with text to speech which is generated quickly with full quality, no compression, and no Internet connection needed. The speech engine is so powerful, you will not be able to tell the speech is synthesized at all!

“We put a lot of work into creating the ultimate translation tool for the iPhone, that can be used for anything from simple word translations to a convenient and easy way to learn a language,” said John Stefanopoulos, Founder of Future Apps. “When we approached Acapela, we were blown away by the voice quality their speech engine reproduce. It is like nothing you have ever heard before, especially considering that our iSpeak Apps run on a mobile phone.”

“We have launched the Acapela for iPhone solution a few months ago and we had a lot of very positive interest and positive feedback from the iPhone community. iSpeak will definitely change the way we interface with language learning issues. We are very happy to voice empower such a smart and high end tool which will be the first app to demonstrate the power of Acapela natural voices to voice empower iPhone applications, at an appstore affordable price,” says Lars-Erik Larsson, CEO of Acapela Group.

The iSpeak line of Apps are available immediately on the Apple App Store for a small one time charge of $1.99 for each language. The initial release supports Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, and Swedish, with more languages coming soon!

About Future Apps Inc:
Future Apps is a software based company dedicated to providing cutting edge software solutions to the iPhone/iPod Touch mobile platform. We pride ourselves in creating applications that are simple and easy to use. We understand that a user on the go needs information quickly, easily, and with as little interaction as possible. That is the design philosophy infused in our apps. For more information, please visit http://www.future-apps.net/.

About Acapela Group:
Acapela Group, expert in speech solutions with 25 years of experience, gives a voice to all your products and services. We invent solutions to give the say to content and enrich user interfaces in a natural and intuitive way based on our comprehensive technologies. In 25 languages and over 50 voices. For more information please visit http://www.acapela-group.com.

Sony Plays the Dummy With Its P series Notebooks

Son’s latest public relations activity involves using mannequins with the Sony Vaio P Series notebook computers, photography and web activities.
Mannequins Escape from Department Store Windows, Hit Manhattan Streets in High Fashion with the Season’s Must-Have Accessory: Sony’s VAIO P Series Lifestyle PC
    

WHAT: Fashion mannequins from New York City’s department store windows have broken free and are taking the city by storm, armed with the Sony VAIO Lifestyle PC.

WHY: Fed up with watching Fashion Week from their glass boxes, ten mannequins have escaped from their store windows to hit the streets of the New York!

WHO: Ten mannequins outfitted by acclaimed up-and-coming fashion designers – threeASFOUR, Elise Overland, Katy Rodriguez, and Libertine – all carrying the season’s “It” notebook.

The live mannequins will circulate through high-traffic areas in the city’s hottest neighborhoods to illustrate that this new PC is the ideal accessory to any fashion ensemble.

Sony Vaio P Series

WHEN: Commencing Friday, January 30, 2009 and continuing through February 14.

WHERE: New York City; The models come alive at Grand Central Station and will hit seven other fashion-forward locations around the city including Chelsea and SoHo over the next two weeks. View the map and follow the mannequin’s activities, at www.sony.com/golightly, starting February 1.

Sony Vaio P Series

Decked out in the season’s hottest fashions, they will take on the city in style, accessorized with Sony’s sleek new 1.4 pound VAIO Lifestyle PC. Each mannequin will be updating her Facebook status throughout the city’s hottest neighborhoods, using the VAIO’s GPS and 3G Mobile Broadband to communicate and meet up. If you find them, you can IM with them from their extra notebook.

Sony Vaio P Series

Come check out the latest fashion accessory and interact with the mannequins. For real-time location information, behind the scenes videos from the designers, photos from the streets, and other images, visit www.sony.com/golightly.

 

New Toshiba Notebook in Australia

The Toshiba Satellite A350 is a ew model along with enhancements to existing models.
This summer Toshiba continues to heat things up in the notebook space with the announcement of a refreshed consumer notebook range and the addition of a new 16:9 series; the Satellite A350. 10 notebooks from the Satellite, Portégé and Qosmio ranges have been refreshed with the latest enhancements in performance, features and fashion, making them faster, more powerful and more stylish than ever before.
 
Storage has also been increased across the range, with the new high-end Satellite P300 desktop replacement sporting a hard drive capacity of one terabyte. Additionally, another colour has been introduced to the consumer range with the launch of the ultra-portable Portégé R600 in pearl gloss white, expanding Toshiba’s colour offering of bubblegum pink, cherry red gloss, arctic white and mercury silver.
 
Toshiba also introduces the Satellite A350 to its consumer line-up, becoming Toshiba’s first 16″ LCD wide screen display – providing a true 16:9 cinema spec ratio that lets you enjoy movies and games in their intended format. Bundled with high-quality Harmon Kardon® stereo speakers and Dolby® Sound Room(TM), the Satellite A350 delivers truly immersive audiovisual quality. The durable casing features an eye catching new design imprinted using Toshiba’s special Fusion finish. And its unique mix of innovative Toshiba EasyMedia features makes communication, entertainment and computing smarter and easier.
 
Key Features included below;
Satellite A350 (from $2299 – $2799 Inc. GST) 

  • Available in thee models with Intel Core2 Duo
  • 16.0″ Widescreen WXGA TruBrite® Display
  • 400GB or 640GB (320GB + 320GB) or 800GB (400GB + 400GB)
  • USB TV Tuner
  • FM Tuner
  • Harmon / Kardon speaker
  • 4 USB Ports (3 x Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Sleep and Charge + 1 x eSATA / USB combo)

 
For more details on the refreshed models please go to: www.isd.toshiba.com.au
 

Verbatim Highlights Expanding Line of Blu-Ray Media

New BD Products Scheduled to Begin Shipping in the First Half of 2009
Verbatim® Americas, LLC announced today that it has extended its support for Blu-ray Disc (BD) technology.  In addition to the 2X and 4X BD recordable (BD-R),  2X BD rewritable (BD-RE), 2X and 4X Inkjet printable BD-R and Mini BD-R/BD-RE media, which are available now, Verbatim will showcase five new BD products. Scheduled to begin shipping in the first half of 2009, the new products include 2X BD-R Thermal Hub-printable discs and 6X BD-R discs as well as 2X and 6X Single-sided Dual-layer (DL) BD-R discs. Verbatim 2X BD-R LTH TYPE discs are also scheduled to launch soon.

The market for BD blank media is being driven by the growing demand for BD hardware.  JRIA predicts that worldwide, shipments of blue-laser discs will increase from an estimated 20 millions units in 2008 and will grow to 64 millions in 2009, 152 million in 2010 and 279 million by 2011.

The higher capacity that Blu-ray media provides has contributed to its growing adoption rate, but it also makes disc integrity even more vital. The technologies that Verbatim incorporates to ensure the reliability of its BD media are based on its proven strategy for success¬–combine the latest technologies with the highest quality control.

Available Now
Verbatim 25GB 2X and 4X BD-R Media — With Verbatim’s 4x BD-R media, users can record an entire disc in approximately 23 min.  The higher performance makes the 4x BD-R media suitable not only for recording personal high-definition video, but also for backing up computer data and archiving photo collections.

Verbatim 2X and 4X Inkjet-printable BD-R Media – Manufactured with a unique white inkjet-printable surface coating, Verbatim inkjet-printable BD media ensures excellent ink absorption for exceptional color reproduction of high-resolution photos, graphics or other images, and durable, longer-lasting colors.
 
Verbatim 7.5GB Mini BD-R/RE Discs — Measuring three inches (8cm) in diameter, the Mini BD-R/RE discs will combine with a BD-compatible camcorder to provide approximately one hour of continuous video capture time on a single side when high-definition (1920×1080i) is used,  With the ability to record priceless memories directly to a Mini BD disc, users can eliminate the time-consuming process of downloading captured video to their computer hard drive. They can also enjoy unlimited capacity by simply removing the disc from the camcorder and adding a new one. 

Scheduled to Ship the First Half of 2009
2X BD-R Thermal Hub-printable discs – Offering for full-surface, edge-to-edge printing,
Verbatim’s thermal-printable BD discs feature a surface that is optimized for thermal printing resulting in superb high-resolution reproduction of graphics, text and logos.

Verbatim 2X and 6X Single-sided Double-layer (DL) BD-R Discs — With two recording layers on a single side, users can enjoy seamless recording of up to 50GB or about 4 hours of HD-quality video on a single disc without having to flip or change the disc. This will make Verbatim BD-R DL media a compelling storage solution for professional video production, business storage, backup, archiving, radio and television broadcast storage, education, banking, healthcare and government applications.

Verbatim 25GB BD-R LTH Type Discs — Leveraging its many years of success in developing organic AZO dye for CD-R and DVD-R media, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd (MKM), Verbatim’s parent company, developed a new AZO dye for the BD-R LTH TYPE. MKM was the first to release BD-R LTH TYPE media in Japan and Verbatim will make its launch to the US market in Q1/2009.

Unlike current BD-R discs, in which the inorganic recording layer is made by the sputtering process and requires a huge investment to increase the production capacity and meet growing market demands, the organic recording layer for BD-R LTH TYPE media can be applied using the same dye spin coating process as CD-R or DVD-R media.  As a result, Verbatim will be able to begin mass production of its BD-R LTH TYPE by modifying existing CD-R or DVD-R production lines. With the investment in BD-R LTH TYPE production less than current BD-R production, Verbatim believes that technology will break down the barrier to entry into BD production and expects many CD/DVD manufacturers will be joining the BD world.

Verbatim/MKM is a contributing member of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA).

About Verbatim
Verbatim’s businesses in the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific regions are wholly owned subsidiaries of Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd.  MKM’s parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC), is Japan’s largest chemical company.

Verbatim develops and markets innovative, high-quality products for storing, moving and using digital content. Known for its leadership in the optical, magnetic and flash storage and related accessories markets, the company provides reliable, unique technologies and products that are highly sought after and broadly distributed worldwide.  For more information, contact Verbatim Americas, LLC, 1200 W.T. Harris Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28262, (800) 421-4188. In Europe, Verbatim Ltd., Prestige House, 23-26 High Street, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9DU, UK, (+44) 1784 439 781. In Japan, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd., 1-23, Shiba 4-Chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8415, (+81) 3-5454-3972. Or visit the web site at www.verbatim.com and select the country of your location.

Verbatim is a registered trademark of Verbatim Americas, LLC.  Other company and product names contained herein are trademarks of their respective companies. Specifications subject
 

New Apple 17-inch Macbook Pro Laptop Computer

Apple Introduces 17-inch MacBook Pro With Revolutionary New Built-in Battery That Delivers Eight Hours of Use & 1,000 Recharges
Apple® today unveiled the new 17-inch MacBook® Pro featuring a durable and beautiful precision aluminium unibody enclosure, and a revolutionary new built-in battery that delivers up to eight hours of use and up to 1,000 recharges for more than three times the lifespan of conventional notebook batteries. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro has a high resolution LED-backlit display and the same large glass Multi-Touch(TM) trackpad introduced with the new MacBook family in October. In addition, the new 17-inch MacBook Pro includes state of the art NVIDIA graphics and the latest generation Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors. As part of the industry’s greenest notebook family, the new 17-inch MacBook Pro is made of highly recyclable materials, meets stringent energy efficiency standards and is made without many of the harmful toxins found in other computers.

“We’ve developed new battery technology that is better for the user and better for the environment,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Apple’s advanced chemistry and innovative technology deliver up to eight hours of use on a full charge cycle and up to 1,000 recharges.”

Apple uses advanced chemistry, intelligent monitoring of the system and battery, and Adaptive Charging technology to create a revolutionary new notebook battery that delivers up to eight hours of wireless productivity on a single charge and up to 1,000 recharges without adding thickness, weight or cost to the MacBook Pro’s incredible design.* The longer battery lifespan equals fewer depleted batteries and less waste, which is better for the environment.

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro includes an ultra-thin, widescreen glossy 1920 x 1200 display with 78 percent more pixels than the 15-inch MacBook Pro and a 60 percent greater colour gamut that delivers desktop-quality colour in a notebook. The LED-backlit display has brilliant instant-on performance, uses up to 30 percent less energy and eliminates the mercury found in industry standard fluorescent tube backlights.

Measuring less than 25 mm thin and weighing 2.99 Kg, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is the world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch notebook. The 17-inch MacBook Pro is the most powerful Mac® notebook yet with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors available up to 2.93 GHz, up to 8GB DDR3 main memory and a graphics architecture that allows users to switch between the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor for better battery life and the powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics processor for higher performance. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro includes a 320GB 5400 rpm hard drive standard with a 320GB 7200 rpm hard drive and 128GB and 256GB solid state drives as options. As with the rest of the new MacBook family, the 17-inch MacBook Pro includes a next generation, industry-standard Mini DisplayPort to connect with the new Apple LED Cinema Display featuring a 24-inch LED-backlit widescreen display with a built-in iSight® video camera, mic and speakers.

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro joins the aluminium unibody MacBook family in setting new standards for environmentally friendly notebooks with every model achieving EPEAT Gold status.** Each MacBook unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminium and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. The new MacBook family meets stringent Energy Star 4.0 requirements, contains no brominated flame retardants and uses internal cables and components that are PVC-free. The battery in the new 17-inch MacBook Pro provides additional environmental benefit because its extended lifespan means fewer depleted batteries resulting in less waste.

Pricing & Availability in Australia
The new 17-inch MacBook Pro will be shipping at the end of January and will be available through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com/au), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorised Resellers for a suggested retail price of $4,499 (RRP including GST), and includes:
* 17-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1920 x 1200, glossy display;
* 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache;
* 1066 MHz front-side bus;
* 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM;
* NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
* NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3 video memory;
* 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
* a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
* Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
* built-in AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
* Gigabit Ethernet port;
* built-in iSight video camera;
* three USB 2.0 ports;
* one FireWire® 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
* ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
* one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
* glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
* built-in, 95WHr lithium polymer battery; and
* 85 Watt MagSafe® Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the 17-inch MacBook Pro include a 2.93 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 8GB 1066 MHz DDR 3 memory, 320GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive, anti-glare display for $90 (RRP including GST), Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

*A properly maintained Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro battery is designed to retain 80 percent or more of its original capacity during a lifespan of up to 1,000 recharge cycles. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings. For more information visit www.apple.com/macbookpro/17inch-battery.

**EPEAT is an independent organisation that helps customers compare the environmental performance of notebooks and desktops. Products meeting all of the 23 required criteria and at least 75 percent of the optional criteria are recognised as EPEAT Gold products. The EPEAT program was conceived by the US EPA and is based on IEEE 1680 standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. For more information visit www.epeat.net.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.

© 2009 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, MacBook, Multi-Touch, iSight, Apple Store, AirPort Extreme, FireWire and MagSafe are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Lenovo Announces Industryâ

ThinkPad W700ds mobile workstation brings ultimate intersection of innovation and performance
Lenovo today is bringing users the highest levels of mobile workstation innovation and performance with the introduction of the ThinkPad W700ds mobile workstation. The ThinkPad W700ds gives users prime screen real-estate as the first mobile workstation in the industry with two screens. Lenovo combines a new balance of unique design with complex engineering and unparalleled performance to give users in the most demanding of fields such as digital content creation, oil and gas exploration, computer-aided design and photography, the ultimate mobile workstation.
 
“The ThinkPad W700ds dual screen mobile workstation challenged our international development team to engineer a notebook to fit the way workstation users work – in the office and on the road,” said Otto Ruettinger, Business Manager, Desktops and Notebooks, Lenovo ANZ.  “Bringing this level of innovation to the most extreme PC users required continually balancing size and functionality with keeping the PC cool and quiet. This mobile workstation is the result of where Lenovo innovation and performance intersect.”
 
To watch a video demonstration of the ThinkPad W700ds, click here.
 
The Power of Two
Because many workstation users typically work with two monitors, Lenovo designed the ThinkPad W700ds mobile workstation with two screens to accommodate their work habits while on-the-go and to eliminate the compromise of having only one display when operating in a mobile environment. Research has shown that extra screen real-estate with multiple monitors helps maximise user productivity versus single display solutions.1 Measuring almost 40 percent of the 17-inch primary screen, the 10.6-inch second screen gives users extra screen real-estate, measuring approximately the size of a Lenovo IdeaPad S10 netbook.
 
The second screen easily slides out from the PC cover behind the primary screen, and it can also be adjusted to fit a user’s viewing angle by up to 30 degrees, similarly to how a car’s rear view mirror tilts. This unique feature and test of engineering only adds a few millimetres in additional thickness to the mobile workstation over its predecessor, the ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation.
 
The second screen complements the primary optional 400-nit WUXGA display, which provides up to twice the brightness of earlier ThinkPad mobile workstations. The primary screen’s 72 percent wide colour gamut enables more than 50 percent greater colour intensity for an uncompromised viewing experience. 
 
Intersection of Innovation and Performance
With its second screen, the ThinkPad W700ds mobile workstation builds on the breakthrough capabilities offered in the ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation that included the industry’s first built-in digitiser and colour calibrator for mobile workstations.
 
Ideal for digital content creators and users, the optional digitiser provides high resolution, pressure high resolution, pressure sensitive control of the primary screen, the primary and the secondary screen or a specific defined area of either screen. Select models also come with a colour calibrator that quickly and automatically adjusts the screen’s colour to give true-to-life images and rendering 2D and 3D images, which are important items for digital content creators.
 
The ThinkPad W700ds mobile workstation gives users the latest technologies that are essential for work in data and graphics-intensive fields such as computer-assisted design, computer-aided manufacturing and others. Top processing and graphics performance includes choices of Intel® mobile quad core and extreme processors with optional dual hard drives with RAID configurations and choices of NVIDIA® Quadro FX mobile graphics. The mobile workstation offers up to 8 GB of high speed DDR3 memory and choices of solid state drive storage and traditional hard disk drives for a maximum of 960 GB of possible total storage. The mobile workstation also carries certifications from more than 20 independent software applications.
 
“The Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds mobile workstation is a great example of the type of innovation that can be developed utilising Intel’s most advanced processors,” said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager, Mobile Platforms Group, Intel. “The Intel® Core(TM) 2 Extreme quad-core processor delivers the ultimate computing performance for mobile professionals, and we are very pleased that Lenovo’s newest mobile workstation runs on this advanced technology.”
 
The ThinkPad W700ds mobile workstation offers a rich, customisable multimedia experience with optional (TM) DVD burner/player and high speed UDMA compact flash reader, support for Dual Link DVI, Display Port and VGA, a 7-in-1 multicard reader and five USB ports. Security features include an optional fingerprint reader, a smartcard reader and hard drives with full-disk encryption.
 
The powerhouse mobile workstation also balances functionality with staying cool and quiet. Lenovo engineered a dual thermal solution to keep the ThinkPad W700ds mobile workstation running as cool as ThinkPad notebooks and quieter than the ambient noise in a typical office.
 
Pricing and Availability
The ThinkPad W700ds mobile workstation is available immediately through www.lenovo.com.au and business partners. Pricing for models starts at A$8,199 including GST, in Australia.
 
For b-roll of the ThinkPad W700ds mobile workstation, click here.
 
About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building exceptionally engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centres in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.au
 
1Suzanne Ross: Microsoft Research News & Highlights – “Two Screens Are Better Than One”
 

Game On! Verbatim’s New Gaming Mice are Fast, Precise and Customisable

As a long-term global leader and innovator in the digital storage industry, Verbatim is now gearing up for battle on the gaming accessories market with the introduction of two professional gaming mice.
Verbatim’s Rapier V1 and Rapier V2 are high-performance gaming mice that are destined to set the standards within the gaming accessories sector. Gamers can enjoy a resolution of up to 3,200dpi and customisable weighting while experiencing acceleration of 20G with tracking speed of 40ips (V2) and 65ips (V1) – the fastest the market has to offer. The Rapier V1 and V2 are available now from Verbatim stockists nationally.
Rapier Gaming Mice- Features

These slick mice make controlling computer games even more realistic and exciting. With an on-board data store technology macro, keyboard and mouse functions can be saved directly to the mouse via the Gamer Toolkit Software included in the pack. The software gives gamers the opportunity to save individual settings for each and every game. There are three macro settings, which can be used for example for continuous shooting or running in first-person shooter games. Both Rapier mice feature 2 modes: standard and gaming. Seven of the onboard buttons can be programmed under gaming mode and then used on any PC without the need for reloading the software, thus providing full portability for your favourite game settings.

Verbatim Rapier Mouse
 
The Rapier V1 is a 9-button USB laser gaming mouse. Its Teflon feet enable smooth mouse movement and quicker response time during game play. The Rapier V1 also features a ‘Hot Key’ for the triple click function and the gold plated USB connector gives an improved connection between the mouse and PC. The V1 includes 5 removable 4.5 gram weights so you can balance the mouse for your choice of game or preference
 
The Rapier V2 is an 8 button USB laser gaming mouse. The gaming performance can be altered by the foot pads, which are reversible, each side giving a slightly different experience. The V2 includes 7 removable 4.5 gram weights so you can balance the mouse for your choice of game or preference.
 
“Computer games are becoming more and more realistic and challenging. With the high-quality technology of our mice, gamers can overcome every challenge, making for even more fun during games,” says Tracy Myers, Manager Flash – Accessories, Verbatim Australia.
 
The gaming experience with the Rapier V1 and V2 can be further enhanced by incorporating a Rapier Precision Gaming Pad. With a specially textured surface, these gaming pads give gamers even more control. The gaming pads, which are just 0.5mm thick, also have an anti-slip coating on their underside to ensure a perfect grip.
Pricing and Availability
 
The Verbatim Rapier V1 and Rapier V2 are available immediately from Verbatim stockists nationally. Recommended retail pricing is A$89.95 for the Rapier V1 (P/N 49051) and A$79.95 for the Rapier V2 (P/N 49050). Both models come with a two year limited warranty.

About Verbatim

Verbatim Corporation, a Mitsubishi® Kagaku Media Company, is an international organisation that develops and markets innovative, high-quality products for storing, moving and using digital content. Known for its leadership in the removable storage media and related accessories markets, the company provides reliable, unique technologies and products that are highly sought after and broadly distributed worldwide. For more information, contact Verbatim Australia at 6 Weir Street, Glen Iris. VIC 3146, t. (03) 9823-0999, f. (03) 9824-7011; or visit www.verbatim.com.au